Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Carrier for 2" Hitch

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  • Carry arm spacing accommodates a wide range of frame sizes and designs
  • Patented tie-down cradle system individually secures and protects bicycles
  • Gifting note: This item ships in the manufacturer's original packaging. If intended as a gift, the packaging may reveal the contents.

    About this item

    The carry arm spacing of this Deluxe Bike Carrier for 2" Hitch accommodates a wide range of frame sizes and designs. This Allen Sports Bike Carrier features a patented tie-down cradle system that individually secures and protects bicycles. The 4 Bike Carrier carry arms fold out of the way when not in use and the rRack tilts back for easy lift-gate access. Plus, the Allen Sports Bike Carrier has a no-wobble bolt that eliminates movement of rack inside of hitch. All retainer clips are attached with lanyards to prevent lost parts. With a black powder-coated finish, this Deluxe Bike Carrier for 2" Hitch requires minimal assembly.


    Deluxe Bike Carrier for 2" Hitch:

    • Carry arm spacing accommodates a wide range of frame sizes and designs
    • Patented tie-down cradle system individually secures and protects bicycles
    • Carry arms fold out of the way when not in use
    • Rack tilts back for easy lift-gate access
    • No-wobble bolt eliminates movement of rack inside of hitch
    • All retainer clips attached with lanyards to prevent lost parts
    • Minor assembly required
    • Black powder-coated finish


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    Specifications

    Age Start: 15 Years
    Age End: and up
    Multi Pack Indicator: No
    Model No.: 542RR
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 30.1
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 14.0 x 16.0 x 36.0
    Assembled in Country of Origin: IMPORTED
    Origin of Components: IMPORTED
    Walmart No.: 720017
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    Customer Reviews | 304 reviews | 4.5 out of 5

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    6/8/2009

    Customer review by turnedleft

    5.0 stars by turnedleft

    I was worried this product, because of the price, would be junk. I researched bike racks with the same features for triple the price, but took the chance on this model. I was pleasantly surprised to see how sturdy it is. I made sure to use it before writing the review. I put it on my hitch myself (no man required!) I am very happy with it and even happier to have the extra $ in my pocket that I saved by taking a chance on the less expansive bike rack!!

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    turnedleft
    MA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Female
    Usage:A few times per month
    Excellent rack for the price
    5/18/2009

    Customer review by Bikerguy

    5.0 stars by Bikerguy

    I initially bought a flimsy rack that is a clone to the Bell rack they sell at Walmart or Target. It developed a hairline crack at the knee joint between the post and the bike carrier arm the first time I used it. Luckily I was not on the freeway where I could have caused a terrible accident. As a structural engineer, I made some calculations and determined that 1.25" x 1/16" tubing is stressed too highly. I would suggest not buying a 4-bike rack for 1.5" receiver. The stresses are simply too high, and the consequence of failure could be a serious accident in addition to losing bikes. The Allen rack is approximately twice as strong (section modulus) as the Bell rack, being made of 2"x 1/16" square tubing, assuming the steel grade is the same. It easily supports me (150 lbs) with very little deflection. After buying the rack, I saw on the internet that one reviewer said his Allen rack failed when one of the 3/8" bolts shear off. It was not this rack, but a previous design. This concerned me, so I made a structural calculation on the rack and the 3/8" pins. The most highly stressed pin, the pin holding the knee joint between the post and bike carrier is well under the allowable stresses. The weakest component is the tearout stresses through the hole that that pin goes through. Although it would seem it would be prudent to make that stronger, that part is still 66% of the allowable stress. Not sure why they cheaped out on a little bit more steel. I would suggest checking the pins regularly for nicks and cracks, since the stress concentrations would severely weaken the pin. Maybe buy some extra pins from Allen so that you wouldn't be tempted to use a damaged pin. Also, install the rack so that the bolts are tight and the threads are outside the faying surfaces. Bolts are weakest at the threads due to high stress concentrations. Functionally, this rack is good. I agree with the other reviews. Some racks are a lot more expensive and is better quality and has more features. But the most import criteria in my book is that it is structurally sound. This Allen rack fits that bill for structural strength and a good balance between function and value.

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    Bikerguy
    Oakland, CA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:A few times per month
    Great Product, but be careful
    11/7/2009

    Customer review by markm5242

    4.0 stars by markm5242

    I purchased this rack in July to carry 4 bikes while on vacation. We drove approximately 2000 miles and we never had a problem until the last 100 miles. We stopped to take a break and I noticed that the safety latch that keeps the pin keeping the rack from folding down had broken. The pin had slipped halfway out and we almost had a disaster. I decided to purchase a Thule to replace the Allen rack and guess what; Thule has the same latch system. The Thule has a solid vertical support bar that makes it a little more stable, but other than that, it's basically the same rack. I would still recommend this rack to anyone that asks.

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    markm5242
    winston-salem, nc
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:45 - 54
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:A few times per year
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    Has anyone else had this issue? I have a 2008 4Runner with a Uhaul 2" hitch.
    by Danraf 7/25/2010
    • The hole in the bike rack is smaller than the one in the hitch. So the large end of the bolt goes inside of the hitch hole and presses against the bike rack. It will tighten down. Look at there web site www.allensportsusa.com. They have a locking pin also.
      by motleynutt725/15/2011
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    • yeah it does wobble cause of the bolt
      by dumbo083/11/2011
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    • The shoulder of the bolt is sized to fit into the receiver hole but to larger to fit into the bike carrier hole. When correctly aligned, the bolt and carrier will tighten down. I made the mistake of not correctly aligning the bolt in the receiver hole and the result is as you describe.
      by FromTroy2/17/2011
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    • I think that collar on the bolt is supposed to be a crush sleeve. Therefore you would tighten it until it forms to the hole. I personally just drilled the hole out to 5/8" so I could use a normal locking hitch pin. It seemed cheesy to me.
      by SNOWHOMIE1/9/2011
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    • The addition of one or two flat washers on the nut side of the receiver should eliminate this problem.
      by Russe9/16/2010
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    • I haven't had the problem, but did you consider putting the correct size washers at the head end of the bolt to take up the slack?
      by An anonymous customer1/9/2011
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